Senior member Nick Hebert leads the student-run firm, PRogressive Image, for the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. PRi takes on real world clients from the Bloomington-Normal, Ill., area. As a former account executive, Hebert uses his skills and experience to lead PRi.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m preparing to graduate in May, and I’m currently looking for exciting career opportunities. Those two things pretty much sum up my life at this point. I’m also focusing on enjoying my last semester of college by being around my friends and family at ISU.
What do you do for ISU PRSSA?
I am the PRogressive Image director this year, and it is the first year that this position has been on the executive board. It has been both challenging and rewarding finding my place within the executive board. Luckily, I work with an incredible leadership team of account executives and an awesome executive board to back me up if I ever need help.
What was different about PRi this year?
I think PRi has really taken a lot of the challenges we faced earlier this year and turned them into learning experiences. PRi is first and foremost a place to learn and grow as a public relations professional, so I think those challenges added to the overall experience. I have learned a ton over the past year, and I have plenty of information to pass along to the next director to make sure they don’t have as many hurdles to jump next year.
Is there any experience that has shaped what you want to do?
Almost every summer since I graduated high school, I have interned with my high school district in its technology department. I learned about the latest technology trends and what it was like to work in the information technology world. Getting experience in a field outside of my major made me realize that you never know where you will end up.
Describe the job you would like to have after college.
It wouldn’t necessarily have to be in public relations, or even in communication. I would love a job where I’m challenged every day and where I would have the opportunity to work with people. Being surrounded by people who are excited and motivated is important to me.
Why did you choose to become a member of ISU PRSSA?
After I switched to public relations from broadcast journalism, joining PRSSA was a no-brainer. My first meeting was a little intimidating, but I made sure to introduce myself to the executive board and everyone I was working with in PRi.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I hope to find a balance between work and personal life, pursue some more time-intensive hobbies, and read a few good books.
Questions composed by Alex Danko
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